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Lunatics, Lovers and Poets

The Fort Myers Film Festival held March 24-27, 2011 announced its 2011 winners in the Documentary, Features, Shorts, Short Shorts, Strictly Local, Diverse/Latin and Faith & Inspirational categories.

The winners:

Documentary — “Fambul Tok,” by Sara Terry, in which victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together.

Features — “Lunatics, Lovers and Poets,” directed by John Scoular and about a struggling novelist.

Shorts — “Prayers for Peace,” a narrative stop-motion animation directed by Dustin Grella about the memory of the artist’s brother killed in Iraq.

Short Shorts — “FLIP,” written/produced/directed by Jill Hackett, Ringling College of Art and Design, about a little girl in a pop-up book who breaks free into the 3D universe.

Strictly Local — “Shaken,” directed by Pat Mitchell, about a man who turns to his club-owner friend after being dumped.

Diversity/Latin — “For Once in My Life,” Jim Bigham’s documentary about a unique band of singers and musicians.

Faith and Spiritual — “Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean,” written, produced by Ellen Friedland, about a Ugandan coffee farmer who organized a group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish neighbors by forming Delicious Peace Coffee Cooperative.

John Biffar was awarded the festival’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement award. Biffar, a veteran local filmmaker, had two films in the inaugural film festival, “The Queen of Swing,’’ and “John Paul II: A Saint for Our Times.’’


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